U14s exit Reader & Phillips Challenge Cup
Missed chances flatter Junior Elite
Angels were at home in the Challenge Cup on Sunday to Junior Elite from the North Division.
Angels were almost gifted an opener in the first couple of minutes Junior Elite under hitting a back pass and sending Toby Lansdowne through and the keeper pulling off a fantastic save. Junior Elite played football from the back from the start and Wates and Lansdowne were asked to press high, the centre midfield of Kent and Raffelt settled early and Hermitage and Balcombe were asked to provide the width. The back four of Smith, Murphy, Howie and Austin looked comfortable and Junior Elite were happy to look to retain the ball in their half. Hermitage provided the natural width down the left and got a couple of half chances and Lansdowne brought out another good save from the keeper. Junior Elite struggled to create any clear chances the best chance really coming from a back pass that Gibb did brilliantly to race out and smother at the feet of the striker. Kent and Raffelt worked hard to deny any space for the Elite midfield, Austin and Hermitage worked the left well but the final ball was not quite there and the first half ended 0-0
Second half and Angels made changes Wilkins and Tyrie coming on and the Angels created a couple of good chances, a great ball through by Toby Kent lead to a chance for Lansdowne but a great double save from the keeper kept the scores level. Raffelt was growing in influence on the game and some great play in the box lead to him being brought down for a penalty. Up stepped Hermitage but he saw his effort crash back of the crossbar. It looked like it was going to be one of those days Lansdowne sent through and lobbing the keeper but the strong wind holding the ball up and allowing the defender to clear. Elite continued to play possession football and won a number of corners that Gibb came out and claimed superbly. Then with about 10 minutes left Elite made the breakthrough Angels failed to deal with the cross and the Elite striker scrambled home. Angels continued to press and threw Howie further forward, then a great chance for Raffelt who powered forward and hit a fantastic shot that was inches high.
With only a few minutes left Angels had to take a chance but conceded two late goals which was unfair on the defence and keeper who had been superb. It was a game of missed opportunities for the Angels but solace in the fact we are creating chances.
Team - Gibb, Smith, Murphy, Howie, Austin, Hermitage, Kent T, Raffelt, Balcombe, Lansdowne, Wates, Tyrie, Wilkins, Duggan
Next week the Angels face a very tough fixture away to Maidstone at the Gallagher 10.30KO
Report from Todd Tyrie